ERIC Number: ED213471
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun-19
Reference Count: 0
A Model for Evaluating Learning Resources.
Ruth, Lester R.
In 1977-78 and again in 1980-81, extensive evaluations of learning resource services at Lake-Sumter Community College (LSCC) were conducted to determine: (1) the extent to which the Learning Resource Center (LRC) contributes to the stated purpose of the college; (2) the extent to which it meets its own objectives; (3) the extent to which the LRC provides benefits beyond its stated objectives; (4) the effectiveness of various LRC activities; and (5) the adequacy of resources allocated to the LRC. The study involved student and faculty surveys, which asked respondents to rate various aspects of the LRC and to provide usage data, and the collection of statistical data on subject-area collections, growth by collection, circulation by subject area, attendance, use by community members, users of library services, LRC expenditures, and LRC physical facilities. Responses from 43 faculty members (47% of those surveyed) and 208 students revealed that the ratings of the LRC services were generally good, with the ratings of LSCC personnel higher for the library than for the media center. Of the responding students, 57% used the library more than twice a week; 68% used the media center less than once a week. The study report explains methodology and limitations, summarizes findings, and presents recommendations for future use studies. Extensive appendices include survey results and instruments and data on the LRC's collections, use, facilities, and services. (KL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Florida Statewide Conference on Institutional Research (Fort Lauderdale, FL, June 19, 1981).